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I am an avid adventurer, conservationist, teacher, and outdoor photographer whose photography celebrates the African landscape and its rich wildlife, people, and culture. My photographic safaris allow my travelers to not only enhance their understanding of photography, lighting, and wildlife, but to develop a life-long admiration for Africa ‘s beauty and culture.

Banana Republic recently used my photographs as the cornerstone of their Urban Safari campaign, and my images were seen in all 750 stores around the globe, as well as in their billboards, catalogs and annual report. I was also the winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the ‘Wild Places’ category in 2008 and a highly commended in the ‘Creative Visions of Nature’ category in 2007.

I launched Gura Gear in 2008, in an attempt to deliver lightweight camera bags to the market. I was looking for a lightweight camera bag to hold all of my photographic gear, and there was nothing desirable on the market that suited my needs. After spending 2 years with many prototypes, the Gura Gear Kiboko bag was born. More products are now available on the Gura Gear web site.




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Sabi Sand Safari Report - Day 12

Today was a crazy day with my saying goodbye to my first safari group and then saying hello to my second safari group, all done in the space of about 5 minutes out on the airstrip here at Singita. This happened after brunch, but we still here able to fit in a game drive, and it included more leopard cubs to cap off a superb safari over the past 8 days. I cannot think of a better send off gift than that.

We all had a final brunch out on the lawn, everybody but me said goodbye to the staff and we headed to the airstrip. The privately chartered aircraft arrived 20 minutes early, and I am glad that we arrived just as they were landing. That would have been an interesting experience for my travelers to arrive without anybody to greet them.

We all exchanged hugs and handshakes and I had greetings and more handshakes for my arriving crew. Back to camp with everybody and I knew deep down that the group is going to have a great time out here for the next 8 days. Changeover days can be chaotic, but this went off without any glitches.



We had an introductory ‘hello’ meeting back at Castleton Camp, grabbed a nice bite to eat and took off on our afternoon game drive. I hoped this first game drive would be a good one, but I had absolutely no idea just how incredible it would be. We wanted the drive to be on the easy side, but we heard sounds of mating leopards as we drove the scenic River Road East in the north of the reserve. You know we couldn’t leave those sounds unattended, so we quickly put our tracking to work and located Kashane and Nlabankuzi mating on the top of a termite mound. In all of my safaris I have never had mating leopards up on a perched position for me to see clearly.  Two thumbs up, and 6 more as I looked back from my front seat at my vehicle mates. Oh heck yeah. The light was warm, the action aggressive and extremely exciting. They mated a few times near the termite mound and eventually moved off into the thick brush. We got our best photographs early, and later attempts weren’t as fruitful.

We had our sundowner drinks on the way back to camp, and I hoped (and still do) that expectations don’t rise because of the amazing sighting we had this afternoon. Some drives are great and some are slow, and this first one was one of the best sightings one could ever ask for, and we have 8 more days to go.


Mating Leopards

Nikon D800, 300mm f/2.8 VRII, 1/800 @ f/4, ISO 500



Mating Leopards

Nikon D800, 300mm f/2.8 VRII, 1/800 @ f/4, ISO 500


Hlabankuzi Female Leopard

Nikon D800, 300mm f/2.8 VRII, 1/640 @ f/4.5, ISO 500


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